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Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Sharing
July 7, 2019

Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Sharing

This summer, we are being lifted through “Discovering the Art of Worship.” This week, our sermon is “Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Sharing.” One thing that is easy to miss in our individualistic, me-oriented society is the power of sharing life with a group of people, especially when they are bound together by central focus. The isolation and loneliness of our society is having a tragic impact upon thousands of lives. Worship is intended to help us connect with Christ and with one another. When this happens, we find greater meaning and enjoyment. Yet, it is hard for us to overcome the idea and identity of our individualism. Our pride, ego, and self-centeredness are formidable barriers to our sharing with God and others. In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul is trying to guide the believers in Rome and us to a thoughtful worship that can lift our hearts and lives! As you read these words, let the Holy Spirit help you to offer to God your best, so that you will be lifted into God’s presence. Romans 12:1-2, 9-16: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will….9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (NIV)

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